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Attorney Amos Goodall, CELA, LLM, from the elder law firm of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, was recently appointed to the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (DEC) of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFB Board). This appointment is a three-year term as a public member, and will run from 2022-24. 

The CFP Board is a non-profit organization that fosters professional standards in personal financial planning. It sets and enforces the requirements for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification (CFP™),  to "uphold standards of competency and ethics for financial planners who are committed to CFP Board to putting their clients' best interests first." The DEC of the CFP is responsible for reviewing and taking appropriate action with respect to alleged violations of the CFP's Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, as well as conducting reviews pursuant to the organization's Fitness Standards for Candidates and Professionals Eligible  for Reinstatement. 

This appointment is the latest in a long list of boards that Attorney Goodall has sat on during his distinguished career as a practicing attorney in Centre County, which began in 1976. He has served on boards, advisory committees or as a solicitor for the following Centre County organizations: Centre County Community Foundation, Centre County Farmland Trust, Halfmoon Township, Foxdale Village, State College Friends School, Center County Bar Association, Centre County Youth Service Bureau, Centre County United Way, and University Baptist and Brethren church. Outside of the Centre County region, Amos is or has been on boards of advisory committees for the Advisory Council of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law, the the PA General Assembly–Joint State Commission on Decedents’ Estates Laws, The PA Bar Association, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc., The American Bar Association,and the Military Pro Bono Project, “Operation Standby”.

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall and Fordham Law School, Amos is also a Fellow both of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He has been recognized as a pre-eminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell since 1992 and has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of Elder Law by Philadelphia Magazine every year since that category was created. A Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), he also recently served as president of the NELF. Amos has been recognized for a number of years in the list of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of elder law. He has been named a Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters for the last 17 consecutive years, and was on Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list from 2019-21. In 2020, Amos was also honored by the Legal Intelligencer as a Professional Excellence Award Winner. In 2021, Amos was presented with an Achieva Award of Excellence for his advocacy efforts for people with disabilities. 

Amos lives in State College with Casey, his wife. Their daughter and family live in Lake Como, N.J., and their son, Christian, is deceased.


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